Founders' Rock

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Founders' Rock
Founder's Rock
Location Berkeley, California
Governing body University of California
MPS University of California, Berkeley MRA
NRHP Reference # 82004642
BERKL # 149
Significant dates
Added to NRHP March 25, 1982
Designated BERKL February 25, 1991[1]

On the corner of Hearst Avenue and Gayley Road, in Berkeley, California, lies the Founders' Rock, the spot, according to college lore, where the 12 trustees of the College of California, the nascent University of California, Berkeley, stood on April 16, 1860, to dedicate the property they had just purchased. This is, supposedly, the same spot where Frederick Billings stood in 1866 when he remembered Bishop Berkeley's verse -- "Westerward the course of empire takes it way"—and thus inspired the name of the new city. A plaque was put on this spot on Charter Day in 1896.


  1. ^ "Berkeley Landmarks". Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association. Retrieved 2013-03-04.